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Sunday, August 28, 2011

High winds cause many power outages, much storm damage

County officials expressed relief Saturday as they began to close down their emergency shelters that Hurricane Irene, though long-lasting, had not been any worse than it was. "We feel as though we were very fortunate, especially if you look...

Fatal crash at intersection where traffic lights out

A 15-year-old girl was killed Saturday afternoon in Goldsboro in a traffic accident police blamed on intersection lights not working because of a power outage caused by Hurricane Irene. The name of the girl was not immediately released because she...

Symphony's youth chamber orchestra tryout dates set

RALEIGH --The North Carolina Symphony has announced audition dates for the NCS Youth Sinfonietta. Auditions for the exclusive chamber orchestra, made up of young musicians ages 14-19 from across the state and led by the symphony's renowned staff of...

Part of Berkeley Mall roof caves in at Belk atrium during storm

An apparent straight-line wind is being blamed for the collapse of the roof at Berkeley Mall during Hurricane Irene on Saturday. Goldsboro Chief Building Inspector Ed Cianfarra explained that about 1 p.m., the parapet wall around Belk on the...

Creek project nearly done

Construction of a boulder wall on the east bank of Stoney Creek near the Cloth Barn on East Ash Street was expected to be completed this week as part of a water quality improvement project along the creek. While the...

Southern Wayne district head honored for work

Some believe the Southern Wayne water district has the best tasting water in the county. Mike Garris, superintendent, operator responsible in charge of the sanitary water district, says he hears the sentiment often. "I have had a lot of...

Red Cross holding September blood drives

The American Red Cross will offer a special incentive at its September blood drives. Donors will be entered into a regional drawing for a pair of domestic round-trip tickets on Delta Airlines and a $500 gift card. "While we...

Duke doctors: Local fiddler is going to be just fine

A routine eye exam for fiddling prodigy Samantha Casey led to fears for her health, but after undergoing brain surgery at Duke Hospital, the prognosis for her recovery is bright. Samantha, 15, is well known for her musical talent...

Irene delay couple's Atlantic Beach wedding

What was supposed to have been a magical day of celebrating love turned into a nightmare for Fremont residents Joel Barbour and his fiancee, Rebecca Setliff, when Hurricane Irene blew into town. The couple had planned their dream wedding for...

Families wait out storm at local shelters

Children ran and played at the Salvation Army emergency relief shelter Saturday morning as wind and rain from Hurricane Irene whipped around outside. For many of them -- as well as their parents -- it was the first time...

Trees down, power spotty across northern Wayne County

Eugene and Sherry Rose were in their bedroom Saturday morning -- awake, but not quite up yet. Except for the torrential downpour and howling winds outside their Fremont home, it was very much like many other lazy weekend mornings...

Residents hunt for somewhere to eat in storm

Two-year-old Abigail was so hungry she was crying. Although her mom, Jaclyn Sporcic, had stocked up on cold foods before the hurricane, Abigail's little tummy was craving a hot meal. So, like a lot of other Wayne County residents, the...

Teen, 19, held in statutory rape case

A 19-year-old Goldsboro man has been arrested for allegedly having sexual relations with a girl six years his junior. Dajour Maurice Hall was charged by Goldsboro police Friday with statutory rape and statutory sex offense. Police say Hall, of...

Numbers higher in Wayne schools

Wayne County Public Schools officials reported a smooth transition back to classes at its 31 schools. While several schools had already resumed earlier, the bulk of students returned on Thursday. Enrollment is up from the same time last year, with...

Damage in Mount Olive, Duplin County mostly downed trees, power lines

MOUNT OLIVE -- Greg Wiggins had worried for two days prior to Hurricane Irene's violent arrival about the large trees hanging over his home. And he and people across southern Wayne and northern Duplin had reason to worry as...

Clothing giveaway to be held Sept. 10

Faith Alliance Church, 3203 Cashwell Drive, is holding a clothing swap and giveaway from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 10. People are asked to bring their clean and gently used clothes and shoes in bags or boxes that...

Junior Leadership looking for applicants

The Junior Leadership Wayne County Program is looking for high school juniors with leadership potential who want to learn more about their county. Applications are available at all high schools in the county and at the Wayne County Chamber...

Cub Scout recruiters to visit Wayne elementary schools

Boy Scout leaders will be holding meetings at all Wayne County elementary schools over the next few weeks, hoping to recruit boys into the ranks of the Cub Scouts. The annual campaign usually elicits excitement from the boys who...

For their friend ... and others

Throughout the nine years Brettany Brock has known co-worker Christie Ivey, she has always admired Mrs. Ivey's giving personality and her willingness to help others in any way she can. So when she learned that Mrs. Ivey had leukemia and...